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Oct 30 2020

WEEK 44 - NORTHERN EUROPE OPERATIONAL UPDATE

Exercise ‘Brilliant Jump 20 II'

This week the final phase of this year’s biannual deployment exercise, Brilliant Jump 20, commenced.  Thousands of troops from NATO’s Very high readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) have travelled from the Czech Republic, Poland and Spain via road, rail, air, and sea to Lithuania with the aim of demonstrating the VJTF’s coherence and readiness in the face of an Article 5 scenario, framed within a global pandemic.

The second part of Brilliant Jump 20 is land-centric with participation from a Czech Mechanized Battalion, a Spanish Infantry Battalion and, from Poland - a Brigade HQ, Spearhead Battalion, CBRN Task Force HQ and Special Forces.  

This long pre-planned exercise will test the interoperability between NATO forces across a variety of NATO member states and will be an opportunity to demonstrate the cohesive professionalism of NATO Armed Forces.

(Brilliant Jump 20 II pt2 CBRN) – A HAZMAT Equipped soldier stands next to vehicles taking part in Brilliant Jump 20 II part 2

Exercise ‘Austere Challenge'

From October 14th to the beginning of this week, the first part of the US-led exercise Austere Challenge 2021 took place.  The Table-Top focused exercise brought together commanders from NATO and USEUCOM to test the interoperability of NATO member’s forces at the highest level and took place with links to the US exercises Global Lightning 2021 and Turbo Challenge 2021.

"We are looking forward to drawing on lessons learned from this exercise as we prepare for future activities together," said General Jörg Vollmer, Commander JFC Brunssum.Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.

 Historic Ordinance Disposal in Estonian waters

This week, Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1), supported by the Estonian Navy, completed its Historic Ordinance Disposal (HOD) operation within Estonian territorial waters and the wider Baltic Sea Region.  The HOD was successful in identifying and disposing of sea mines, unexploded bombs and other types of residual historical explosive ordinance, dating back to the World Wars, that continue to pose a threat to civilian vessels transiting the area.

(SNMCMG1 HOD RHIB next to explosion 2) – A satellite boat launched from one of the component ships of SNMCMG 1, clearing historic ordinance

Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office

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